According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll out today, 83 percent of Americans believe the Earth is warming. That's an 8-point jump from last year! Science seems to be winning the global warming debate, despite what the GOP presidential candidates say. (Except for the Mormon ones, curiously.) Anyways, now that we all agree that global warming is real, we can move on to an even more important question: Who's the most screwed by climate change?
The pleasantly pastel-colored map of the world above hides a pretty inconvenient truth (if you will): It shows which countries are the best and least able to adapt to potential climate change. The map is based on an index created by the Global Adaptation Institute, an environmental nonprofit, that measures "a country's ability to address its vulnerabilities to climate change," says Ian Noble, the institute's chief scientist. The index takes into account exposure to climate change (For example, is a country susceptible to drought?), natural susceptibility to these changes (Does it have adequate and accessible water supplies for said drought?), and governmental, economic, and social factors important to responding to changes (Can that country's government invest in water systems for, again, said hypothetical drought?). In the map, light blue indicates the best scores, while red is the worst.